What does character mean?

Definitions for character
ˈkær ɪk tərchar·ac·ter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word character.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fictional character, fictitious character, character(noun)

    an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story)

    "she is the main character in the novel"

  2. quality, character, lineament(noun)

    a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something

    "each town has a quality all its own"; "the radical character of our demands"

  3. character, fiber, fibre(noun)

    the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions

    "education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer

  4. character, role, theatrical role, part, persona(noun)

    an actor's portrayal of someone in a play

    "she played the part of Desdemona"

  5. character, eccentric, type, case(noun)

    a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)

    "a real character"; "a strange character"; "a friendly eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case"

  6. character(noun)

    good repute

    "he is a man of character"

  7. character, reference, character reference(noun)

    a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability

    "requests for character references are all too often answered evasively"

  8. character, grapheme, graphic symbol(noun)

    a written symbol that is used to represent speech

    "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"

  9. character(verb)

    (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes

  10. character(verb)

    engrave or inscribe characters on

Wiktionary

  1. character(Noun)

    A being involved in the action of a story.

    Etymology: From caracter, from caractere, from character, from χαρακτήρ, from χαράσσω.

  2. character(Noun)

    A written or printed symbol, or letter

    Etymology: From caracter, from caractere, from character, from χαρακτήρ, from χαράσσω.

  3. character(Noun)

    A distinguishing feature; characteristic; A complex of mental and ethical traits marking a person or a group.

    A study of the suspect's character and his cast iron alibi ruled him out.

    Etymology: From caracter, from caractere, from character, from χαρακτήρ, from χαράσσω.

  4. character(Noun)

    A moral strength.

    "You may not like to eat liver," said Calvin's father, "but it builds character."

    Etymology: From caracter, from caractere, from character, from χαρακτήρ, from χαράσσω.

  5. character(Noun)

    A person with many notable or eccentric features.

    Etymology: From caracter, from caractere, from character, from χαρακτήρ, from χαράσσω.

  6. character(Noun)

    A complex number representing an element of a finite Abelian group.

    Etymology: From caracter, from caractere, from character, from χαρακτήρ, from χαράσσω.

  7. character(Noun)

    One of the basic elements making up a text file or string: a code representing a printing character or a control character.

    Etymology: From caracter, from caractere, from character, from χαρακτήρ, from χαράσσω.

  8. character(Noun)

    A person or individual, especially one who is unknown or raises suspicions.

    We saw a shady character slinking out of the office with some papers.

    Etymology: From caracter, from caractere, from character, from χαρακτήρ, from χαράσσω.

  9. character(Verb)

    To write (using characters); To describe

    Etymology: From caracter, from caractere, from character, from χαρακτήρ, from χαράσσω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Character(noun)

    a distinctive mark; a letter, figure, or symbol

    Etymology: [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. , fr. to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caractre.]

  2. Character(noun)

    style of writing or printing; handwriting; the peculiar form of letters used by a particular person or people; as, an inscription in the Runic character

    Etymology: [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. , fr. to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caractre.]

  3. Character(noun)

    the peculiar quality, or the sum of qualities, by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others; the stamp impressed by nature, education, or habit; that which a person or thing really is; nature; disposition

    Etymology: [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. , fr. to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caractre.]

  4. Character(noun)

    strength of mind; resolution; independence; individuality; as, he has a great deal of character

    Etymology: [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. , fr. to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caractre.]

  5. Character(noun)

    moral quality; the principles and motives that control the life; as, a man of character; his character saves him from suspicion

    Etymology: [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. , fr. to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caractre.]

  6. Character(noun)

    quality, position, rank, or capacity; quality or conduct with respect to a certain office or duty; as, in the miserable character of a slave; in his character as a magistrate; her character as a daughter

    Etymology: [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. , fr. to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caractre.]

  7. Character(noun)

    the estimate, individual or general, put upon a person or thing; reputation; as, a man's character for truth and veracity; to give one a bad character

    Etymology: [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. , fr. to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caractre.]

  8. Character(noun)

    a written statement as to behavior, competency, etc., given to a servant

    Etymology: [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. , fr. to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caractre.]

  9. Character(noun)

    a unique or extraordinary individuality; a person characterized by peculiar or notable traits; a person who illustrates certain phases of character; as, Randolph was a character; Caesar is a great historical character

    Etymology: [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. , fr. to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caractre.]

  10. Character(noun)

    one of the persons of a drama or novel

    Etymology: [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. , fr. to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caractre.]

  11. Character(verb)

    to engrave; to inscribe

    Etymology: [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. , fr. to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caractre.]

  12. Character(verb)

    to distinguish by particular marks or traits; to describe; to characterize

    Etymology: [L., an instrument for marking, character, Gr. , fr. to make sharp, to cut into furrows, to engrave: cf. F. caractre.]

Freebase

  1. Character

    A character is a person in a narrative work of arts. Derived from the ancient Greek word kharaktêr, the English word dates from the Restoration, although it became widely used after its appearance in Tom Jones in 1749. From this, the sense of "a part played by an actor" developed. Character, particularly when enacted by an actor in the theatre or cinema, involves "the illusion of being a human person." In literature, characters guide readers through their stories, helping them to understand plots and ponder themes. Since the end of the 18th century, the phrase "in character" has been used to describe an effective impersonation by an actor. Since the 19th century, the art of creating characters, as practised by actors or writers, has been called characterisation. A character who stands as a representative of a particular class or group of people is known as a type. Types include both stock characters and those that are more fully individualised. The characters in Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler and August Strindberg's Miss Julie, for example, are representative of specific positions in the social relations of class and gender, such that the conflicts between the characters reveal ideological conflicts.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Character

    kar′ak-tėr, n. a letter, sign, figure, stamp, or distinctive mark: a mark of any kind, a symbol in writing, &c.: writing generally, handwriting: a secret cipher: any essential feature or peculiarity: nature: (obs.) personal appearance: the aggregate of peculiar qualities which constitutes personal or national individuality: moral qualities especially, the reputation of possessing such: a formal statement of the qualities of a person who has been in one's service or employment: official position, rank, or status, or a person who has filled such: a person noted for eccentricity: a personality as created in a play or novel (Shak. Char′act).—v.t. to engrave, imprint, write: to represent, delineate, or describe.—n. Characterisā′tion.—v.t. Char′acterise, to describe by peculiar qualities: to distinguish or designate.—ns. Char′acterism; Characteris′tic, that which marks or constitutes the character.—adjs. Characteris′tic, -al, marking or constituting the peculiar nature.—adv. Characteris′tically.—adj. Char′acterless, without character or distinctive qualities.—ns. Char′acterlessness; Char′actery, writing: impression: that which is charactered.—In character, in harmony with the part assumed, appropriate, as a Character actor, one who tries to represent eccentricities. [Fr. caractère—L. character—Gr. charaktēr, from charass-ein, to cut, engrave.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Character

    In current usage, approximately equivalent to personality. The sum of the relatively fixed personality traits and habitual modes of response of an individual.

Editors Contribution

  1. character

    A type of symbol or letter.

    The character on the screen was part of the keyboard language.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 31, 2020  
  2. character

    The qualities that define a human being.

    She was a focused and fun character.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 12, 2020  

Entomology

  1. Character

    a quality of form, color or structure.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'character' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1176

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'character' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1567

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'character' in Nouns Frequency: #353

How to pronounce character?

  1. Alex
    Alex
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    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say character in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of character in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of character in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of character in a Sentence

  1. James A. Froude:

    You cannot dream yourself into a character you must hammer and forge yourself one.

  2. Peter Faiman:

    I don’t think there’s any plans from (producer) John Cornell or from Paul (Hogan) to make another one but who knows, somebody else might come along and do it, it’s a matter of striking a chord, and that movie came along at just the right time. It was shot in the right place and had a great character, and a great team of people putting it together in a really timely fashion.

  3. Albano Jeronimo:

    It was all based on imperfection ... I tried to build something, not a character type, more like a human, and we are all imperfections so my aim was just that: build something (that's) not finished.

  4. Henry Paulson:

    I can't help but think what would have happened if a divisive character such as Trump were president during the 2008 financial crisis, at a time when leadership, compromise and careful analysis were critical.

  5. Eastern Conference-leading Montreal Impact:

    This was a bizarre game, but we showed a lot of character, coming back from a 4-1 deficit on the road, we're heading back home with an excellent point. Defensively, we have to address certain things, but I ’m glad that we showed that we can score at any time.

Images & Illustrations of character

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Translations for character

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  • حرف, رمز, شخصية, خلقArabic
  • действащо лице, знак, символ, отличителна черта, характер, геройBulgarian
  • personatge, caràcterCatalan, Valencian
  • znak, postavaCzech
  • træk, fasthed, rolle, karakter, tegn, figur, personlighed, viljestyrke, person, naturDanish
  • Figur, Character, Person, Original, Zeichen, Charakter, BuchstabeGerman
  • χαρακτήρας, γράμμαGreek
  • rolulo, karakteroEsperanto
  • carácter, personajeSpanish
  • tegelane, karakterEstonian
  • منش, نویسه, کاراکتر, حرف, پرسوناژ, شخصیت, سیرتPersian
  • henkilö, kirjoitusmerkki, tyyppi, luonne, persoona, merkki, kirjain, hahmoFinnish
  • caractère, personnageFrench
  • pearsa, carachtarIrish
  • nàdar, caractar, litirScottish Gaelic
  • carácter, personaxeGalician
  • אופי, תו, דמות, מאפיין, אישיות, אות, תכונהHebrew
  • चरित्रHindi
  • karakter, szereplő, betűHungarian
  • գործող անձ, տիպ, բնավորություն, նշան, բնութագիրArmenian
  • KarakterIndonesian
  • persónaIcelandic
  • carattere, caratteristica, personaggioItalian
  • 記号, 登場人物, キャラクター, 文字, 特質Japanese
  • 문자, 등장인물, 캐릭터Korean
  • باته‌کKurdish
  • characterLatin
  • CharakterLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • tēlsLatvian
  • കഥാപാത്രംMalayalam
  • aksara, watakMalay
  • karakter, personage, persoonlijkheidDutch
  • karakter, tegnNorwegian
  • charakter, postać, znakPolish
  • carácter, personagem, caráter, fortaleza moral, figura, caracterePortuguese
  • personajRomanian
  • символ, фигура, характер, личность, герой, персонаж, знак, героиня, отличителная черта, тип, буква, иероглиф, действующее лицоRussian
  • karakter, lik, karakteristika, osobinaSerbo-Croatian
  • rollfigur, karaktär, teckenSwedish
  • sifaSwahili
  • எழுத்துருTamil
  • ตัวละครThai
  • özellik, ahlak, harf, kişilik, karakter, simge, sembol, hususiyet, orijinal kimseTurkish
  • 字符Chinese

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brought into agreement or cooperation on the side of a faction, party, or cause
  • A. busy
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